The 2013 baseball season was filled with anticipation and high hopes, especially for the 8 returning seniors. Several players within the program at all grade levels worked hard during the off-season in preparation for competition. The 8 returning seniors included Jordan Fye, Tanner Light, Ryan McCloskey, Dan Roan, Brandon Shuey, Taylor Smith, Seth Weaver and Ethan White. The varsity squad also returned starting shortstop Doylan Deitrich (11). Newcomers to the team were juniors Noah Perryman, Andrew Stover, and Josh Weaver while the sophomore class was represented by Taylor Butts, Tanner Day, and Phil Fenstermacker.
The players in the program took hold of our “1-Team,” mantra from day 1 and really showed great unity, respect and friendship along the way. Supporting each other is how we consistently practiced and played the games. From that perspective the season was a great success. In terms of wins and losses, the team improved from the previous season achieving third place in the Mountain League and earning a berth into the District VI playoffs.
How we won and lost games was interesting to look back on. Seven of our 8 wins were done so in a comfortable fashion, arguably, by at least 5 runs. That was not exactly surprising considering the confidence we had going into the season regarding all aspects of the game. What was surprising to reflect on was how we managed 7 of our 10 losses. We posted a record of 1-7 in three run ball games which says that we were in a lot of games, but just couldn’t get the job done. The one win was in one of the most critical games of the season as we held off Huntingdon to earn a spot in the playoffs.
At the top of the list for the games of the year are not surprisingly the two against BEA. We know going into each game that if we were going to be the best we would have to beat the best. The results were two competitive games until the very end. In the first meeting at BEA, they tried to pull away mid-game to a 4-0 lead. However, our Red Raider lineup put the bat to the ball and made some things happen scoring 3 runs in the 5th inning. Down 7-3 in the 7th, hits and errors allowed us to score 2 runs before being stopped short on a play at the plate. In the second meeting, the both offenses were met with excellent defense and pitching as Taylor Smith gave up only one unearned run, which was the eventual difference in the game.
Three bouts with Huntingdon provided for some thrills for both squads as we took the two regular season games, but lost the district playoff game at the end. In game one at a moist Huntingdon facility where a light drizzle fell the entire game, the Red Raiders showed up late in the season with playoffs on the line. The teams scored runs back and forth early and neither pitcher could seem to stop the bleeding. However, in the 4th inning, we went to our bullpen and called Dan Roan to the mound. Dan came out on fire throwing 4 scoreless innings the rest of the way allowing us to hold onto a 9-7 victory. With that performance we were in the playoffs. The second game in Bellefonte was a bit one-sided as the Red Raider seniors did most of the work putting the bat to the ball and scoring 9 runs to win comfortably sending themselves out with their final regular season win at home.
Going into the 2013 season all members of the team were battling for opportunities, and although everybody had their moments of excellence, some consistently performed from beginning to end. We had 4 Mountain League All-Stars while 3 others were nominated. We also had multiple players near or at the top of the league-leader boards in various statistical categories, according to MaxPreps.
The Mountain League coaches voted in the following players as All-Stars.
Dan Roan was selected as a 2nd team pitcher and was an honorable mention as a first-baseman at a very competitive position. Dan’s 0.54 ERA and excellent performances against Central (5 innings, 1 earned run) and Huntingdon (4 shutout innings in relief in a playoff clinching win) were major factors in his selection as a pitcher. As as first-basemen, Dan’s league BA of .395 and top ten finishes in other offensive categories were very strong.
-Jordan Fye was selected as the 2nd team second baseman. His 13 hits, .394 BA and 7 RBI’s elevated his status among his peers. Jordan worked hard to improve his hitting by focusing on his technique and replicating it consistently. His average improved over 200 points from last year.
-Doylan Deitrich was selected as the 2nd team shortstop only behind the league leader in several offensive categories. Doylan’s .441 league BA in the third spot of our batting order was crucial to our offensive production. He also had an OPS of 1.188 which led our team by over 100 points and was the 4th highest in the Mountain League.
-Taylor Butts was selected as the 2nd team DH. His 14 hits, .389 BA and 9 RBI propelled his selection. His loose and positive approach to the game and to his teammates helped us carry on the 1-team mentality.
-Ethan White was nominated at third base having good offensive and defensive stats. He batted .324 and had 12 hits in league play with only 1 error. Ethan adapted very well to third base this year earning the nickname, “El Gato.”
-Taylor Smith was nominated as a pitcher with an ERA at 3.08 in 36.1 INN and nearly a 2K:1BB ratio. He was certainly the chief of the Red Raider pitching staff.
-Tanner Day was nominated for very good offensive stats (.380 BA, .600 SLG%, 13 R), but he also flashed the leather numerous times and showed great defensive range in the outfield.
Jordan Fye “Mr. Utility”
In recognition of his playing seven different positions during his varsity years in order to help the team.
Tanner Light “The Proprietor”
In recognition of his ownership of Penns Valley pitching accruing a .500 batting average with multiple RBI’s leading us to several wins during his two varsity seasons.
Ryan McCloskey “Tough Man”
In recognition for sacrificing his body in the name of defense.
Dan Roan “Mountain Man”
In recognition of his being selected to the Mountain League All-Star Team in both of his varsity seasons.
Brandon Shuey “Patience is a Virtue”
In recognition of his ability to work deep into counts by being very selective with his swings. He amassed a 3BB:1K ratio his senior year and had 4 walks in one game.
Taylor Smith “200/100/100”
In recognition of his contributions as a 4-year member of the varsity team. He amassed 216 plate appearances, over 100 defensive plays resulting in outs, and 121 innings pitched. He made significant contributions each year
Seth Weaver “Duck on the Pond”
In recognition of his accumulation of walks and hits his senior year. He led the Mountain League with 18 walks, had 11 hits, and led our team with a .537 OBP.
Ethan White “Gold Glove”
In recognition of his committing only two errors in four years of playing in our program at 3B, 2B and 1B.